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Thorstein Veblen Conspicuous Consumption Award - Trial Tactics Division

From today's Los Angeles Times:  A touching fairy tale about two tailors enchanted or cursed by the prospect of producing, each day, The King of Pop's New Clothes:

Each day, [costume designer Michael] Bush wakes at 3 a.m. to drive the day's outfit — typically a colorful print vest and a suit with military details — from his home studio in Los Feliz up the 101 Freeway to Neverland Ranch.  There, between 6 and 7 a.m., he dresses Jackson, who always says 'Thank you' and gives him a hug, Bush says.  The designer returns by midafternoon, in time to help [partner Dennis] Tompkins put the finishing touches on the next day's look.  Tompkins makes most of Jackson's costumes with a single fitting.  The pair create his courtroom wardrobe using the 'Michael mannequin,' built to the singer's exact dimensions.

Perhaps what they are most proud of is that Jackson has never worn the same thing twice.

For Extra Credit: Plot your own course to Neverland -- steer clear of that second star on the right -- with the help of Google Maps.  [Via Lifehacker.]


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